16th November 2010 by michaelpenston
A Van Dorn Bottle (see photo) is used to collect water samples from discrete depths. The water samples collected using this apparatus are analysed for silicate and the nutrients; ammonia, nitrate and phosphate.
12th November 2010 by michaelpenston
The high winds that have hit the UK this week are likely to be related to the tail-end of Hurricane Tomas which has been reeking havoc in Ireland. It is Friday today, the winds have dropped and the sea state has improved, however, due to technical problems at Stonehaven harbour, Temora is trapped in the inner harbour...
8th November 2010 by michaelpenston
SE winds of over 30 mph are forecast today and later in the week. A close eye will be kept on the weather (see photo of conditions today) this week in an effort to spot a window in which the sampling can be undertaken.
1st November 2010 by michaelpenston
26th October 2010 by michaelpenston
Definition: et al. = and others. Similar to an ice berg, there is a lot more beneath the surface of the coastal monitoring! The coastal monitoring of the plankton biologists (see previous post) is mutually supported by teams of technicians, oceanographers and chemists.
22nd October 2010 by michaelpenston
A team of about nine plankton biologists are involved in the monitoring of the plankton on the east coast, at Stonehaven and the west coast, at Loch Ewe. The results of some of the phytoplankton monitoring at Stonehaven is published as: Bresnan et al. (2009) Seasonal and interannual variation in the phytoplankton community in the...
19th October 2010 by michaelpenston
M.V. Temora (Motor Vessel Temora) is owned by Marine Scotland Science and is used each week to sample plankton and associated environmental parameters in coastal waters 5 km offshore at Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland. Click on the highlighted vessel name to find out the vessel details.
8th October 2010 by michaelpenston
Plankton is the term for drifting organisms, from bacteria through microscopic plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton), to large jellyfish and the larvae of most fish and shellfish, that inhabit the oceans, seas and bodies of freshwater.
4th October 2010 by michaelpenston
MSS had a stall at a local maritime festival to promote awareness of the coastal monitoring work. To read an account of the day click on the below link (blue text). Maritime Rescue Institute, Harbour Festival, September 2010 by John Dunn As part of the Coastal Ecosystem monitoring programme at Marine Scotland Science (MSS) which runs...
30th September 2010 by admin
In this blog we aim to provide the readers with up to date information about the type of activities that are carried out to conduct long term monitoring around the seas of Scotland, and in particular focusing on the high-frequency coastal monitoring sites. As the term “long-term monitoring” indicates, the efforts and results coming from this work may not...